Student Video is Finalist in NESN Next Producer Competition; Your Votes are Needed!

Kieran McGirl works on his short film, "The Rise of Johnny Hockey."

News Story: March 12, 2015

Kieran McGirl ’15 is one of 11 finalists in a film contest sponsored by New England Sports Network (NESN) for its upcoming series NESN Next Producer. NESN describes the competition as part Shark Tank, part America’s Got Talent. Students were asked to create short sports films with the hope of winning $20,000 and a job opportunity at NESN. The seven-episode series will air Mondays following Red Sox post-game coverage, beginning April 6.

McGirl, a student in SHU’s communication & media studies program (he admits to being “bummed” that he won’t have the opportunity to take classes in the new Frank and Marisa Martire Business & Communications Center) worked on the film for about a year. “When I heard that the contest was for NESN, I had the idea of featuring one of my high school buddies who played hockey at Boston College and is now a member of the Calgary Flames,” he says.

NESN Next Producer will showcase two film in each episode, will include back stories on the student filmmakers along with reviews by Boston Globe film critic Ty Burr. The student-produced shorts will be posted on where viewers can pick the program’s “Top Fan Film.”

McGirl is calling on members of the SHU community to support his quest to win the money and—more importantly—the job. “To have a job at NESN right out of college would be fantastic,” he says.

You can watch his film and vote for it here.

“It had been my pleasure to be a part of the Sacred Heart community for the past four years and to give back wherever I can,” says McGirl, who was on a spring break Habitat for Humanity trip in Chicago when he received word that he was a contest finalist. “I am hoping that the community will enjoy my film and will support me with lots of votes! I am looking forward to having a chance to share all the great things about SHU with the NESN audience during filming.”